5.5" vs 7.25" barrel


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dean790
September 27, 2006, 09:47 PM
Would there be a noticeable difference in accuracy between the 5.5" and 7.25" barrel on the Browning Buckmark?

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10-Ring
September 27, 2006, 10:06 PM
I doubt you'd notice a difference in accuracy...probably a difference in velocity

dean790
September 27, 2006, 11:56 PM
Do you know much about Tactical Solutions Barrels? They make a 10" aluminum with steel sleeve.

http://www.tacticalsol.com/products/Trail-Lite.htm

browningguy
September 27, 2006, 11:59 PM
Probably no difference in mechanical accuracy, but shootability will be improved due to the longer sight radius, at least it is for most people. But if you put optics on it shouldn't matter.

dean790
September 28, 2006, 12:07 AM
I did put a nice Bushnell REd Dot on it, but there's no magnification. I thought with the longer barrel i'd get more twist and a flatter travel.

weregunner
September 28, 2006, 04:37 AM
Rate of twist of the rifling is the same regardless of the barrel length. Flatter trajectory would have to do with velocity. High velocity or hyper-velocity ammo would give you more speed but that may not translate into accuracy. One has to try many different loads to see which one will be the most accurate in your pistol. Couldn't recommend a accuracy load since even the same makes of pistol vary enough that it may take different loads for the same make of pistol. The longer barrel will give you higher velocity. Try several brands of highvelocity hollowpoints from Winchester,Federal,CCI,and Remintington. Shoot 3 or 5 shot groups to see which brand has the tightest groups. Do this several times. Let the barrel cool every few shots. Hot barrels can distort groups. Others will have good advice to follow.

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